AO Trauma launches first adaptive online learning experience

A new competency-based training and assessment program, AO Milestones, is now available, beginning with the Fundamentals of Osteosynthesis & Hip

We’re proud to announce the first step in the AO Foundation's AO Milestones program is being released February 2023 for orthopedic trauma residents PGY 1-3 and residency program directors in North America: an adaptive online learning experience covering the Fundamentals of Osteosynthesis and Hip.

This adaptive learning program is designed to emulate the optimal teaching approach of a one-on-one tutor, adapting to the needs of the learner in real time using proven data analytics and intelligent technologies.

To ensure instruction is valid and comprehensive, the curriculum was mapped to both ACGME Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). All content was edited by Drs. Brett Crist and Chad Coles in collaboration with other expert authors from North America.

As Dr. Crist describes it: "The Fundamentals of Osteosynthesis and Hip adaptive learning program provides learners with high quality, outcome-based instruction that meets the ACGME‘s requirements for those topics. Learners work at their own pace in engaging multimedia formats while the training adjusts itself around what they already know."

"No more 30-minute lectures—content is tailored towards learners’ needs and even includes interactive case-based decision making to verify their knowledge in real clinical scenarios."

Brett Crist, MD

Editor, AO Milestones | Missouri Orthopaedic Institute

Find out more about the Fundamentals of Osteosynthesis & Hip adaptive online learning program

Special early adopter price offered for one year access, including updates and content additions

About adaptive learning and AO Milestones

Each adaptive learning module utilizes

  • Instructional videos
  • High-quality illustrations
  • Interactive assessment questions 
  • Biomechanics simulations, such as the OSAPP

Instruction is gamified through features such as a points system, providing users with an additional challenge and a way to track their progress.

Online learning modules can be accessed on computers, phones, and tablets, and utilize a mix of text, images, and videos.

Learn more about the adaptive learning program here.

Fundamentals of Osteosynthesis and Hip is the first—but not the only—AO Milestones adaptive learning program. Additional subjects will be launched on a rolling basis, covering the ankle, distal radius, diaphyseal tibia, femur, and elbow/forearm shaft.

Not only does the AO Milestones program provide knowledge-building through online adaptive learnings, extensive skills training and skills assessment experiences are on the horizon.

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